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REVIEW ➞ Love Next Door by Helena Hunting


When Dillion Stitch left her hometown, she had no intention of going back. But when her brother gets into trouble, Dillion reluctantly agrees to return home to take her place at the family business.

Being back in Pearl Lake after all these years feels familiar, but also brings a few surprises. She’s quick to notice that someone new has shown up at the cottage next door. Dillion gets more than an eyeful when she goes to check out the newcomer and meets Donovan “Van” Firestone—her beloved neighbor’s grandson—in all his unclothed glory.

Having gotten off to a rocky start, it’s not long before they begin bickering with each other all over town. All that back and forth inevitably sparks an undeniable attraction. But Dillion’s family has issues, Van’s family resents him, and neither Dillion nor Van feels truly at ease in the small town. For these Pearl Lake exiles, home isn’t just where the heart is—it’s where things get complicated. 

We were young. We weren’t supposed to know each other back then.


Dillion grew up wanting to escape the small town she grew up in, however, now she has to return to help with the family business. Van grew up in the city and loved the time he got to spend in the small town is grandma Bee lived in, now he gets to return to take care of her estate.

I LOVE Dillion. As a character, she feels very relatable especially if you grew up in a small town and know that feeling of wanting to get out of it and really never return. However, I love that when she did return she slowly back in love with the town and the people she wanted to get away from most of her life. Van is sweet and a loveable character.

The chemistry between Dillion and Van is hot. Their first meeting had me laughing. The banter between them was fantastic the entire time. I loved seeing their connection grow, especially when information about the summers Van spent with Bee as a teen.

If you’re looking for a small-town, enemies to lovers romance this is definitely one to read!